Carbolic acid

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An old, but legalized, name for Phenol. Carbolic acid is a poisonous white crystalline compound that has been used in dilute solutions as a disinfectant and antiseptic. Its composition is C6H5OH.

Synonyms and Related Terms



  • Toxic
  • ThermoFisher: SDS

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 596
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Susan E. Schur, Conservation Terminology: A review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials, Technology and Conservation, Spring (p.34-39); Summer (p.35-38); Fall (p.25-36), 1985
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979

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